For many, current events have introduced a whole new level of stress and it’s easy for one to quickly feel out of control. So, it’s good to focus on the things you can control, like what you eat. Whether you were just starting your weight loss before the pandemic, or you’re already part- way to your goal, it’s important to take a moment to ensure you are set up for weight loss success:
- If you haven’t already, determine the real reason(s) you want to lose weight. Maybe you have one big underlying “why,” such as “I have a family history of diabetes and I want to do everything in my power to stay healthy.” Or maybe you have a list of reasons, including things like, “My joints won’t hurt as much,” or “I want to be able to go hiking with my kids next summer.” Spend some time reflecting on your personal reasons for wanting to lose weight. Write them down regularly to remind yourself of your deepest motivations during your weight loss journey.
- Spring clean your pantry and refrigerator. Why tempt yourself with foods that are not protocol friendly? Toss (or donate if packages are unopened and unexpired) everything you know you shouldn’t be eating or know you’ll never eat. If other household members need or want foods you won’t be eating, see if you can store the foods that might tempt you someplace where you won’t see them every time, you’re in the kitchen.
- Make a list of strategies for when you’re tempted to go off your plan. What possible obstacles or challenging situations can you foresee? Maybe your spouse orders fast food and the smell is tempting. What if you had a very stressful day and are really craving sugar? Create some if/then scenarios with solutions to help you cope.
- Enlist the help of a trusted friend or family member. Maybe it’s someone self- isolating with you at home or a friend you can reach out to virtually. Share your weight loss plans and ask for their support during the process. In times like these, it’s important to communicate and get support when you’re feeling things are out of control.
- Make sure you have the basic tools you’ll need for cooking at home. It’s much easier to whip up a healthy home cooked meal when you have a sharp knife, a good non- stick skillet, and accurate measuring utensils!
- Reach out to your coach! Keeping lines of communication open with your coach is incredibly important. They will be able to provide you guidance and support to help get you through challenges.
Help set yourself up for weight loss success by preparing for these changes. You’ve got this!